We all have heard of the Great Pumpkin. I can see Linus, now, sitting in the pumpkin patch holding his sign that reads, “Welcome Great Pumpkin.”
I love this time of the year. Cooler temps, bright orange, yellow and red leaves adorning the trees, and of course, great pumpkins.
Did you know that a real pumpkin can have a shelf life up to 4 months? Did you know it is full of vitamins and minerals that we should take advantage of…… like B6? How about this…… did you know that you can make soup from a pumpkin? I didn’t. I am going to try this!
Outside of pies and bread, pumpkins brings such joy. We decorate and decoupage pumpkins. We cut and carve. We add lights and candles. Pure joy. When I see pumpkins I revisit my childhood. Mom selecting the best pumpkins and sitting them out on our front porch. Of course, the fond memory quickly becomes a chuckle of revisiting Daddy chasing the “neighborhood punk” down the street screaming, “That was my pumpkin pie you stole!” Yep, the pumpkins stolen right from our porch on Halloween night. Daddy mourned the smashed remains on the street the next morning. Mom always went out and purchased another pumpkin just for Daddy’s pie.
Sometimes, I look at the pumpkins with a bit of sadness. My kids are practically grown and somehow the trip to the pumpkin patch seems to not be quite the seasonal adventure. To remember, my daughter running between pumpkins and my son riding in a wagon full of orange goodness brings a quiet sigh from this mother. All I can hope for now is that when the time comes for grandkids, my children will make those memories to pine after once their wee ones grow up.
All those memories and the sweet goodness of a pumpkin makes me want to dust off the recipe box and make a loaf or two of pumpkin bread.